Asda launches Kids Eat for £1 initiative to help parents keep children fed over the summer holidays

Supermarket reveals new Kids Eat for £1 initiative to tackle ‘holiday hunger’ during the cost of living crisis

Asda store where kids eat for one pound
(Image credit: Asda)

Supermarket giant Asda is launching a new Kids Eat for £1 initiative to help parents cope with the cost of living crisis over the summer holidays. 

Families will have seen food prices going up, alongside rising energy bills and fuel prices, as the cost of living crisis really takes hold. While switching to the cheapest supermarket and using your supermarket loyalty card can help to save money on food, many parents will be worried about how to keep their kids fed and entertained over the six-week break. 

To help families through, Asda has revealed its Kids Eat for £1 deal which will be available throughout the summer holidays. As part of the initiative, children under 16 will be able to get a hot or cold meal for just £1 in Asda cafes across the country. The offer will be available seven days a week with no minimum adult spend required.

An Asda spokesperson said: “We know that families can find the summer holidays tough and our customers are telling us that this year more than ever, they’re concerned about holiday hunger. With that in mind, we are so pleased to be able to offer children’s meals for just £1, with no minimum adult spend, to ensure that those who would normally rely on a school meal aren’t left without.”

The Kids Eat for £1 initiative is already available in Scotland and will be rolled out in England and Wales from 25 July 2022. It will run until 4 September 2022. 

Those with younger children won’t be left out either - the supermarket is offering a free 70g pouch of Ella’s Kitchen baby food to little ones during the school holidays too.

Helping parents with costs over school holidays

Asda's new scheme will be a relief for many families struggling with rising costs and feeling daunted by the prospect of additional costs over the school holidays. But more relief is on the way for many. 

More than eight million low-income households will receive the first of two cost-of living payments (totalling £650) from 14 July as part of the Government’s cost of living support package

If you haven’t yet received your £150 council tax rebate (available to those in council tax bands A-D), then that could be with you imminently. Check out your local council’s website for details of when you can expect your rebate, or for further information on what to do if you haven’t yet received it. 

You might also find that from July you have some more money in your pay packet thanks to a change in the National Insurance threshold - for some people, this means that April’s National Insurance increase is effectively cancelled out. 

On top of this, it's always time well spent to see if you are paying more than you need to for your household bills. When it comes to mobile phones and broadband, as well as car or home insurance, it’s always worth using a price comparison site like GoCompare to see if you could switch to a cheaper deal. Similarly, you may be paying more in council tax than you need to, so it’s worth understanding how council tax is calculated and if you are eligible for any discounts or reductions.

Sarah Handley
Consumer Writer & Money Editor, GoodtoKnow

Sarah is GoodtoKnow’s Consumer Writer & Money Editor and is passionate about helping mums save money wherever they can - whether that's spending wisely on toys and kidswear or keeping on top of the latest news around childcare costs, child benefit, the motherhood penalty. A writer, journalist and editor with more than 15 years' experience, Sarah is all about the latest toy trends and is always on the look out for toys for her nephew or Goddaughters so that she remains one of their favourite grown ups. When not writing about money or best buys, Sarah can be found hanging out with her rockstar dog Pepsi, getting opinionated about a movie or learning British Sign Language.